A lovely estate on the west side of Pomerol, Chateau La Grave dates back to the early 19th century. As indicated by its name, the soil is almost pure pebble. The vineyard marks the beginning of the one mile long gravelly strip which crosses the plateau of Pomerol, then Cheval Blanc and ends at Chateau Figeac.
La Grave could be considered the equivalent of a third growth in the Médoc and ranks amongst the top Pomerol. His very first personal acquisition, Christian Moueix purchased the estate in June 1971 and gave a great deal of attention to the restoration of the chateau, cellar, and vineyard. Today, as part of the Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix properties, it receives the same meticulous care as the other family’s top chateaux.
The illustrious and famed Bordeaux negociant firm of Ets. JeanPierre Moueix was founded in 1937 and holds exclusive rights to sell and manage some of the greatest vineyards on the right bank of Bordeaux. The properties of Jean-Pierre Moueix can be found in the appellations of Pomerol and St. Emilion with each estate being carefully selected by Christian Moueix. The Moueix family has defined a style of winemaking distinguished by integrity and total devotion to the expression of each individual vineyard.
Ruby-purple. Compelling aromas of red cherry and raspberry liqueur, minerals and spicy Christmas cake. Wonderfully broad and opulent, with full but not excessive ripeness to its red cherry, blackcurrant, mineral and underbrush flavors. Finishes with smooth tannins and excellent breadth, and a lingering black cherry and mineral perfume. Should turn out to be one of the best La Grave a Pomerols in years. [88-91 Points, Ian Agata – May 2010, vinous.com]